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No other sports leagues have reached out to Bosch, Fischer over PEDs

Jul 25, 2013, 5:05 PM EDT

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Major League Baseball sought out Anthony Bosch and Porter Fischer when trying to investigate reports of PED use in the game. But no one else has, says Fischer:

Fischer said he and associates have identified athletes from the NBA, NCAA, professional boxing, tennis and MMA, in addition to other professional baseball players who have not yet been identified. As far as he knows, Fischer said, Bosch had no clients from the NFL or NHL.

He said the only sports entity he has heard from was Major League Baseball.

But yes, let us continue to hammer Major League Baseball for its performance enhancing drug problem. Nothing to see anywhere else at all.

  1. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    No NFL mention?

    Further evidence they are clean

  2. ezthinking - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Maybe the rock heads in the NHL and NFL know how to buy drugs…. you know with cash, no receipts, lots of intermediaries…. For Christ’s sake watch a few episodes of Weeds or Breaking Bad or 21 Jumpstreet or Miami Vice or something and get a clue.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Might be an attempt by Fischer to get these other sports to pay him for information.

  4. drewsylvania - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    “Are you or are you not a member of the PED party?”

  5. paperlions - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    That is because other sports are not interested in setting precedents that essentially require them to have full time PIs tracking down leads trying to bust PED users. Other leagues have a collectively bargained drug testing policy, and abide by it. If a player tests positive, he is suspended (incidentally, the NFL has a higher rate of positive PED tests than MLB does…that is a larger proportion of NFL players are suspended for PEDs each year than MLB players)….but the league and the media that cover those sports are not interested in an endless search to out every last possible user.

  6. brewcrewfan54 - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Part of the problem is MLB and many of its fans seem to think all of their all time records should be held by guys retired or dead for over 40 years. The assault on the record book is one of the biggest reasons people have been so outraged about their usage. Nobody seems to care about records as much in the other 3 major American sports.

    • cohnjusack - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      I was personally heartbroken to see Art Monk’s single-season reception record go down. Not quite as heartbroken as I was when Don Buse’s single-season steals record was broken, but heartbroken nonetheless.

    • nbjays - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      No other major sports have the collective memory or the reverence for numbers that baseball has. Ask any serious baseball fan the significance of the following numbers and they can tell you exactly what they are:


      I don’t know any other sport where numbers have such a hold on the collective psyche of the fans.

    • ctony1216 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      I wouldn’t say that fans’ outrage over PED use is a “problem” — it’s quite reasonable. Even more logical is the fact that MLB players themselves want PEDs out of the sport even more than fans do.

      Think about it. For the fans, it’s nice to know that when a guy like Chris Davis breaks a home run record he’s not doing it by using PEDs. But for a player, it’s their life and their livelihood. It’s the players who are driving the change in PED culture in baseball more than anyone, and they deserve a ton of credit for it. If you were a clean MLB player, wouldn’t you want PEDs out of the sport?

      It’s hard to know what’s going on in other sports, but since those leagues have no interest in finding out why the Biogenesis clinic is linked to athletes in their sports, I’d assume it’s much more accepted in those sports. Everyone’s making money so why rock the boat — sort of where baseball was in the 1990s. But who knows. I’m just glad baseball and its players are taking PEDs seriously.

  7. dowhatifeellike - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    MLB knows it has a problem but isn’t competent enough to fix it. The other leagues see this and aren’t going to challenge MLB in the race to the bottom.

    In all honesty, I’d rather see them go back to having their head in the sand than endure the clusterfuck this is becoming.

  8. asimonetti88 - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    I don’t watch or follow MMA so I could be completely wrong here, but I get the impression that they’d probably not care about PED use all that much.

    • apkyletexas - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      All you need to know is that WWE wrestlers move freely from steroid-fueled fake pro wrestling to MMA and back again on a consistent basis.

      Make your own conclusions.

  9. braddavery - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    What do other leagues have to do with Major League Baseball. Is this seriously a “Look, they do things differently!” argument? I expect that kind of sentiment from children.

  10. apkyletexas - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Tennis? Seriously? Serena Williams is the only one with broad shoulders in the entire sport.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      You ever seen Ryan Braun? Not exactly the biggest guy out there.

    • clemente2 - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      A huge misunderstanding of what most PEDS do and are taken for…

  11. jayscarpa - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Here’s a couple of reasons why – maybe you can guess who wrote them:

    “Given that this Fischer dude appears to be something of [searches for a polite word] an eccentric, one wonders whether baseball is willing to play ball with him. ”

    “As I noted in my followup to the Fisher business, this guy comes off as something less than a straightforward, reliable narrator. ”

    “Possibility #1: Fischer is a b.s.-artist who, at the very least, is spinning normal investigative conduct into high drama. Personally, that’s my take on it, as everything he says in the Miami New Times story has that whiff of phoniness to it. ”

    Hey, at least I read your stuff.

  12. geshtahl - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    The reason that MLB is “hammered” over the PED issue is that no other sports league has “sacred” records that are to be worshipped as though they actually mean something other than “This one guy was a heck of a player once upon a time”

  13. ningenito78 - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Waaaaaahhhh!!! Everybody picks on baseball for their PED problem!! Waaaahhhh!! Maybe if people like you and other writers didn’t act like every record or milestone in baseball is as sacred as the Holy Grail people wouldn’t give as many craps as they do about baseball players juicing. It’s true the problem isn’t bigger in baseball than other sports (most likely) but the reason everybody freaks out more about it is because baseball is so goddamn snobby about its history and purity. No other sport fans or participants act like that. I mean the NFL had no problem instituting the 2 pt conversion, shortening the field for kick offs, REPLAY, etc. Friggin baseball if you bring up instituting the DH in the NL baseball ‘purists/fans’ act like you just suggested they shut down the sport. Forget the foot dragging with goddamn replay. The fact is baseball is perceived to have more of a PED problem than everyone else because the people that cover and root for it act like its better than everyone else.

  14. andyreidisfat - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Seriously, did this d-bag just post a “well they do it too” blog ??? really ??? Seriously ??? Let me say what my mom said when i said the same thing when i was 8 ” if all your friends jump off a bridge would you do it too”

    Craig you sound like the biggest loser of all time about this. I can just picture you sitting in your moms basement with A-rod t-shirt on getting all angry every time someone prints the TRUTH about this cheater. Get over it.

    Oh and by the way, perhaps the reason the NFL gets a pass is because they do catch people, they do REAL testing. The NFL does everything they can to stop this kind of thing. While MLB has done basicly nothing up to this point.

    Get over it dude, your man crushes are going to be out of this league and the guys who really deserve to be there will. Now go take your first shower this week and a xanax and try and calm down a bit. Your wrong, you don’t work for Fox news so it is ok to admit that.

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